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Recognizing the “Class of 2013” – The Soozie Courter Hemophilia Scholarship Winners

With the school
year now in full
swing, I’d like to recognize the “Class of 2013” winners of the Soozie Courter Hemophilia
Scholarship –
a group of students with hemophilia who are
dedicated
to
their education and to making
a difference in our community.
Earlier this year, I wrote about this Pfizer-sponsored tuition US assistance program, which
happens to be named after a woman
that I had the pleasure of knowing years ago.
Soozie Courter, who lived in the town next to me and who would share rides with me sometimes, worked in the hemophilia division at Genetics Institute (now at Pfizer) would
be proud of this year’s winners and the continued
emphasis placed on
supporting academic excellence
among
the hemophilia
community.
We are fortunate that there are
numerous scholarships available
to current and future US college students with bleeding disorders. Costs like tuition, books and supplies, room and board, health
insurance and transportation
can add up quickly and
the Soozie
Courter Hemophilia Scholarship program aims to help
address these challenges. Scholarships are
awarded
to applicants who present the best combination of a creative and
persuasive
essay, excellent recommendations and superior academic standing.
For the
2013-2014 academic year, Pfizer awarded
$50,000 in scholarships to 17 US graduate and undergraduate
students with hemophilia. Through
their involvement in local hemophilia chapters
and mentorships, and their commitment to future plans, these students personify what it means
to overcome
challenges to
make a difference
in
their communities.
I’d
like to congratulate all
the scholarship recipients—many of whom I have known since they were kids— and wish them much
luck in the coming
school year and
beyond!

Travis Albright                   Eric Frey 
Michael Bennett                 Alexander Kattenbaugh
Michael Bishop                  Shawn Whelan
William Bowles                 Lynden Prior
Andrew-Paul Deeb            Evan Poole
Jorge de la Riva                 Michael O’Connor
Calvin
Dutcher                  Hunter Montgomery 
Clayton Lynn                    Adam Mier
BoDean Messier 

Visit Hemophilia Village for more information on the
Soozie Courter Hemophilia
Scholarship program,
and check back here next week to learn more
about three
of
this year’s winners!
Great Book I Just Read
Desperate Passage: The Donner Party’s Perilous Journey West by Ethan Rarick [Kindle]
The Donner Party indelibly stained American history for their horrific survival stories of cannibalism in the Sierra Nevada in 1846, trapped when the short-cut and untried passage they attempted filled with 13 feet of snow. Almost all schoolchildren read about this, but what was the real story? In this well-researched and written book, Rarick reveals the dreams, desperation and daring of the 81 people who set out for California in hopes of a better life. In that group were newborns and toddlers, teens and old men. 45 survived a situation that was incomprehensible; what is amazing is that any survived. Rarick delves deeply into the writings left behind, the personalities, the situational leaders and heroes and scoundrels. Human souls in their most desperate hours, some emerged stronger; some simply gave up. All needed one another. How the children suffered… It is a profound story and a testament to American willpower and daring. A great read. Five/five stars.

Scholarship in Honor of a Great Lady: Soozie Courter

Sorry I am so late with this blog. I was down with the flu all last week. Massachusetts has been hit particularly hard this year! Get your flu shots everyone!
Last week I blogged about a great scholarship from Baxter. This week I want to let you know about another from Pfizer.
Pfizer Hemophilia is excited to announce the launch of the new application period for the Soozie Courter Hemophilia Scholarship program.  I am honored to say that I knew Soozie from long ago, and she actually lived in the next town over from me. A wonderful woman, devoted to her work in the hemophilia community, who left us much too early.
Pfizer Hemophilia awarded more than $50,000 in scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year to students in the hemophilia community, illustrating Pfizer’s long standing pledge to help patients with bleeding disorders attend college and further their education. Congratulate all of last year’s winners!

These scholarships are intended for U.S. applicants with hemophilia A or hemophilia B who present the best combination of a creative and persuasive essay, excellent recommendations and superior academic standing.  Sign up now to be eligible for the Soozie Courter Scholarship. All applications must be received by no later than May 24, 2013. Scholarship winners will be announced in July 2013. For more information or to download an application, please visit: www.HemophiliaVillage.com.

Great Book I Just Read
Explorers of the Nile: The Triumph and Tragedy of a Great Victorian Adventure by Tim Jeal (Kindle) 2011
I’m a huge fan of reading about African exploration, and discovered this comprehensive gem recently. This book covers all the key players in mid-1800-early 1900 who put their lives on the line to explore Africa’s interior. From David Livingstone’s failed Zambezi exploration to Richard Burton and John Hanning Speke’s joint quest to find the source of the Nile, and their subsequent falling out, to Samuel Baker and attempts to colonize Africa, to the brash Henry Morton Stanley–arguably the most accomplished of them all–this 500-page, exhaustively researched book details the horrors, the triumphs, the Royal Geographic Society politics, the men behind the funding. Different than most other books I’ve read, this one greatly details the coordinants and pathways each explorer chose in their search for the Nile’s origins. It was a bit overwhelming at times! I was deeply impressed by the amount of research Jeal did, and how he faithfully records his sources. Less impressive is the axe he grinds against Richard Burton, who was glamorized in the movie “Mountains of the Moons,” making Speke the inferior and petty man. Jeal found just the opposite and lauds Speke, idolizes him really. I just found the comparisons as to why Burton should not be lauded a bit over the top and personal, and detracting from this otherwise exemplary book on adventure, exploration and colonization of Africa. Four/five stars!  
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